Can we stress enough how much we love how Botox keeps us crease-free around the eyes and forehead? That’s why we had to share this procedure we just heard about, which is gaining popularity in Brazil. For six years, surgeon Fausto Viterbo, MD, has been developing a permanent alternative to regular Botox injections for the smoothing of crow’s-feet: removing the muscle that causes the wrinkles.
A São Paolo surgeon and facial paralysis specialist, Dr. Viterbo first used the technique on patients who suffered from facial spasms, but since 2000 he has been offering the technique for cosmetic correction. He removes a small part of the orbital muscle that causes wrinkles, instead of preventing its contraction as Botox does. Dr. Viterbo said that blinking and facial expressions are generally unaffected, but the wrinkles disappear. Recuperation time for the surgery is about one to three weeks, and is performed by making small incisions around the eye, either during facelift procedures or on its own.
Status in the United States
Commonly performed here to treat eye spasms, doctors in the U.S. do not often remove these muscles for cosmetic purposes because the results are permanent and possible risks include contour depressions. Botox (used off-label) is a safer option that does not carry the risks associated with permanent muscle removal.
Find a Doctor
Find a NewBeauty "Top Beauty Doctor" Near you